The Associated Press reports that "Amazon failed to properly record work-related injuries at warehouses located in five states, a federal agency said Friday while announcing it issued more than a dozen citations during the course of its ongoing investigation of the company.
"The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said it handed out 14 citations during inspections over the summer at six Amazon warehouses in New York, Florida, Illinois, Colorado and Idaho. The citations were for failing to record, or misclassifying, injuries and illnesses, not recording them within the required time and not giving the agency 'timely' records of such matters, OSHA said. The e-commerce giant, which earned over $33 billion last year, faces about $29,000 in penalties."
Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel responded to the citations by saying that Amazon has a “robust safety program” to protect workers.
“Accurate record keeping is a critical element of that program and while we acknowledge there might have been a small number of administrative errors over the years, we are confident in the numbers we’ve reported to the government,” Nantel said, adding the company was pleased OSHA acknowledged “all of the alleged violations are ‘other than serious’ and involve minor infractions.”
- KC's View:
Wow. A 29 grand fine. Jeff Bezos probably loses that much in the couch cushions of his 417-foot, $485 million mega yacht during an average week.